Mini Poll: Measuring Confidence


How much confidence do you have in the following institutions in our society?


A great deal of confidence Some confidence Some confidence, but not a lot of it No confidence at all
The military 50% 37% 9% 4%
The Church or organized religion 20% 26% 24% 30%
Big businesses 3% 29% 38% 30%
Small businesses 22% 58% 16% 4%
Banks 5% 31% 37% 27%
The presidency 26% 33% 19% 22%
Congress 1% 17% 38% 43%
The medical system 11% 42% 30% 18%
The public schools 2% 27% 41% 30%
The criminal justice system 4% 37% 42% 17%
Newspapers 5% 31% 40% 24%
TV news 3% 21% 49% 27%

 


In your opinion, which of the following will be the bigger threat to the country in five years: big business or big government?


Big business:
 56%
Big government:
 44%

 


Pick the statement closest to your view: (1) Our system of government is broken and cannot be fixed. (2) Our system of government is broken but can be fixed. (3) Our system of government is not broken.


Broken, can't be fixed:
 8%
Broken, can be fixed:
 73%
Not broken:
 19%

 


Pick the statement that comes closer to your view: (1) Government is trying to do too many things that should be left to individuals and businesses. (2) Government should do more to solve our country's problems.


Government doing too much:
 46%
Government should do more:
 54%

 


Generally speaking, would you say you favor smaller government with fewer services, or larger government with more services?


Smaller government:
 52%
More services:
 48%

 


Overall, how positive or negative is the effect that government has had on your life and lives of your family?


Very positive:
 11%
Somewhat positive:
 41%
Somewhat negative:
 24%
Very negative:
 12%
No effect either way:
 12%

 


In general, how do you think your own feeling about government compares to most people's?


I am happier with government than most people are:
 34%
I am angrier with government than most people are:
 12%
I feel about the same about government as most people do:
 54%

 


When you think and talk about government, do you tend to think of it more as THE government or more as OUR government?


THE government:
 54%
OUR government:
 46%

 


Some people say we get the government we deserve because so many people do not make the effort to vote or get involved. Other people say that we deserve better government from our leaders. With which do you agree more?


We get what we deserve:
 20%
We deserve better:
 32%
Some of both:
 48%

 


Which do you think is the bigger problem today: elected officials who worry too much about doing what is popular instead of providing leadership, or elected officials who pursue their own agendas rather than the public's priorities?


Officials who worry about doing what is popular and don't lead:
 40%
Officials who pursue their own agendas and don't listen:
 60%

 


How favorable or unfavorable is your overall opinion of state government right now?


Very favorable:
 1%
Mostly favorable:
 39%
Mostly unfavorable:
 49%
Very unfavorable:
 10%

 


How favorable or unfavorable is your overall opinion of the local government where you live?


Very favorable:
 5%
Mostly favorable:
 56%
Mostly unfavorable:
 26%
Very unfavorable:
 13%

 


From the following list, pick the highest elected official for whom your feelings are mostly positive:


The President of the United States:
 45%
A United States Senator from Missouri (Bond or McCaskill):
 7%
The Governor of Missouri:
 3%
The Lieutenant Governor of Missouri:
 4%
The mayor of St. Louis/St. Louis County executive:
 11%
A United States Representative from St. Louis (Clay, Akin, or Carnahan):
 4%
The mayor of my own smaller
municipality:
 4%
My state senator or state rep:
 4%
The alderman or council member
who represents my ward or council district:
 5%
The student council president:
 2%
The class president:
 1%
The president of my condo or neighborhood association:
 10%

 


Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.